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Schultz hungry to get involved

'To end up at Freo is perfect' - Schultz Lachie Schultz talks to the media for the first time in purple

The hardest thing was doing nothing for Lachie Schultz on his first day at Fremantle, as the forward/midfielder watched from the sidelines at training on Monday morning.

As is customary, all new draftees must first build up their fitness in a separate training group before taking part in drills with the main group.

The 20-year-old, who was taken at pick no.56 on Friday at the NAB AFL National Draft, hopes his time away from the rest of his teammates will be brief.

“The next couple of days, we’ll be getting used to everything at the club,” Schulz said.

“We all just want to start training straight away, but that won’t be the case. 

“You just want to join in with everyone and get to know your new teammates even better. They’re all really good blokes so the sooner that happens, the happier we’ll be.”

While Schultz is among the newest players at the club, the mature age recruit is the oldest in his new household.

“I’ve moved in with Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra and Hugh Dixon,” Schultz said.

“They’ve been really welcoming and they’re showing me the ropes at the moment.”

The former Williamstown player in the VFL said he used the disappointment of missing out at the past two drafts as motivation to get better.

“The dream is always to be drafted when you’re 18, but when that doesn’t happen you just push yourself even harder,” Schultz said.

“Last year, it wasn’t to be, but I’m even happier that it did fall my way this year.

“To end up at Freo is just perfect.”

After playing midfield in his formative years, Schultz made the move forward at Williamstown and had an instant impact.

He hopes he will be able to do the same at Freo in either role but admitted there’s one thing about being a forward that he loves the most. 

“I just love a goal really,” Schultz said. 

“When you’re young, you kick plenty of goals at training and I have a good goal sense I suppose.

“At the moment, my best position is forward, but at the same time, I can develop myself into whatever I need to be for Fremantle. 

“I did play a lot of midfield so I pride myself on that part of my game.”

See all of Fremantle's new draftees and new recruits - including Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb - at the club's Annual Members' Meeting on Tuesday 27 November at Optus Stadium.

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